The Children’s Creativity Museum is located in San Francisco, California. The interactive technology and art experiences within the museum are geared for kids ages two to twelve years old and their families. The mission of the children’s museum is to foster collaboration and creativity in every child and their family. The museum also believes that critical thinking, innovation, and creative expression are key to nurturing children.

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The Imagination Lab at the Creativity Museum acts as an introduction for visitors to the museum’s educational approach to inspiring children to imagine, create, and share. Here, the youngest of guests are encouraged to use their imagination in the hands-on, interactive exhibit area and create something of their own in one of the several studio spaces. They are then encouraged to share their creation with their family and friends, or even display the original creation at the children’s museum in the DIY Cloud Gallery.

The Children’s Creativity Museum’s Music Studio exhibit gives everyone a chance to be a music star. Visitors can choose from more than two thousand songs to sing with their family and friends, or create their own act. Children, and even adults, can simply be themselves or dress to get more in character. Music performance happen in front of the exhibit area’s green screen, letting guests pick a backdrop of their own. Videos of performances are recorded, and are able to be sent to visitors through email to share with their family and friends.

The Innovation Lab at the Creativity Museum offers the fun and challenge of inventing something. The exhibit’s Mystery Box Challenge offers visitors the chance to invent unique items to solve a particular problem. The challenge presents children with a prompt appropriate for their age that invites them to invent something. The catch, however, is that they can only use the material found inside of the Mystery Box. Children are challenged to use their brains to think in terms of design, such as what the invention needs to be able to do, and how they can build it so it does what it needs to do and stays together. The process fosters critical thinking skills in children, and can also help in the development of their communication skills as they explain their invention and the steps it took to create it.

Parents can introduce their kids to computer coding in a hands-on, fun way. The Tech Lab experience was created with the help of Wonder Workshop and is included in the admission to the museum and open to all guests. The Tech Lab at the Children’s Creativity Museum offers daily activities for visitors, such as composing and playing music or programming robots so they can navigate a maze. Each of the activities in the Tech Lab are designed for the promotion of creative problem solving with novice coders.

The Animation Studio lets visitors learn about basic stop-motion animation skills. Children and adults alike can create clay characters and bring them to life on screen. Animation that are done can be emailed to visitors.

221 Fourth Street, San Francisco, California, website, Phone: 415-8-20-33-20

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